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Big money in judicial elections not only contributes to the courts’ politicization but harms the public’s perception of them as impartial and independent. The proposal framed in House Bill 38, however, would break apart the judiciary into 31 different election districts and only worsen these problems while creating insidious new ones. Seventy strongly opposes this legislation. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy strongly recommends against rushing forward with House Resolution 1100, a measure that would create redundant efforts to evaluate and audit Pennsylvania elections while counties are still working to certify the results of the 2020 General Election. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy congratulates President-Elect Joseph R. Biden on winning the vote in Pennsylvania, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on her historic win as the first Black woman and first Asian American elected to be vice president.   Read More...

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This is the most consequential election in our lifetimes, and it demands patriotism and patience from all of us. Read More...

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Americans don’t seem to agree on much these days, but there is one thing that community leaders, elected officials, and candidates for public office in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth agree on: the sanctity and integrity of our election process is paramount. Read More...

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Los estadounidenses no parecen estar de acuerdo en mucho en estos días, pero hay una cosa en la que los líderes de la comunidad, los funcionarios electos y los candidatos a cargos públicos en Filadelfia y en todo el Estado Libre Asociado están de acuerdo: la santidad e integridad de nuestro proceso de elección es primordial. Read More...

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Pennsylvanians do not want to endure an Election Week or longer when results could be known on Tuesday. We urge you to authorize counties with the time they need. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy has for several years -- along with tens of thousands of Pennsyvlvanians and many of you -- called for an independent commission to draw our congressional and legislative maps in 2021. The window of opportunity for such reform around who draws political districts is nearly closed. But there is still time to address the what and the how of redistricting, which can still significantly mitigate the risk of gerrymandering and bolster public trust in the process. Read More...

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This Legislature acted decisively earlier this year in passing Act 12 to postpone the April 28 primary and grant counties relief to administer the election amid the exploding pandemic. Anticipating historic turnout under these extraordinary circumstances, the risk of disastrous problems in running polls and counting ballots increases substantially without a final set of critical changes to the Election Code. The Committee of Seventy urges you to return to session as soon as possible to enact the following: Read More...

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Even with our best efforts in the June 2 primary, thousands of voters had difficulty traveling to their local polling place or returning their ballot in the mail; poll workers ‒ many of them senior citizens ‒ stayed home with health concerns; and a few close races took more than a week to decide. Pennsylvania needs one final volley of refinements to key parts of our 1930s-era Election Code to prepare for another unprecedented election in November. Read More...

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The opportunity to administer a robust vote-by-mail program and safe in-person voting infrastructure is still possible, but time is running short, and the Office of the City Commissioners, city and state officials, election experts, and community advocates will have to work together closely unlike any previous election cycle. Failure to achieve this collaboration risks calamity in November. Read More...

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For more than 30 thirty years, the Committee of Seventy and Pennsylvanians for Moderns Courts have supported merit-selection for our commonwealth’s appellate courts. And we are deeply concerned about the flood of money entering judicial elections, a worsening trend that led to a record-shattering $21 million in 2015 and contributes to the politicization of our courts. But transforming the judiciary into something more closely resembling a legislature is the absolute wrong direction. Read More...

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As Philadelphians respond firmly with the rest of the country to the killing of George Floyd and so many other people of color, we applaud City Council for beginning to move swiftly and on multiple fronts to address systemic racism within City government and, in particular, within law enforcement.  Read More...

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Committee of Seventy policy director, Pat Christmas, shares testimony with City Council around a proposal to amend the City of Philadelphia’s political activity rules in the Home Rule Charter, section 10-107. Read More...

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